Unplugging your hair styling tools
If you live in a household where family members use hair tools, you’ve probably experienced the anxiety of wondering if they turned off and unplugged the curling iron, blow dryer, or straightener before leaving the house. Unfortunately, electric beauty tools such as these are a recurring cause of house fires and painful skin burns. Keep reading to view our safety tips to keep your home and family protected against house fires and burn injuries!
- Turn off and unplug your devices. This tip is pretty self explanatory, but it’s necessary to keep your home, yourself, and your family safe! If you frequently forget to turn off and unplug your devices, consider setting an alarm or writing a reminder on a sticky note! If you only turn off your hair tools, but don’t actually unplug them, consider this quote from https://www.hsiprofessional.com : “Unplug your flat iron (or other electric hair tool) after using it. Even though your flat iron may be turned off, any plugged in appliance is still electrically live. Unplug your flat iron to avoid any chance of an unexpected electrical problem.
- Keep your electric beauty / hair tools away from anything wet such as sinks and tubs with water in them.
- Use a mat or heat resistant stand. While you’re doing your hair, you are going to want to put your blow dryer or curling iron or straightener down at some point. Always place your device on a heat resistant mat, a clean, non-flammable countertop, or on a heat resistant stand. The goal is to avoid placing electronic beauty tools on carpet, towels or other materials that could melt or catch fire.
- Make sure that all of your hair products such as hairspray or dry shampoo are a safe distance from your plugged in / hot beauty tools. Beauty products can be flammable!
- Don't wrap the cord around your hair tools when you’re finished! Tightly wrapping the cord around your still warm styling tool could cause shorts or burn the electrical cord and expose the wires. A short in the cord could also cause your iron to turn off unexpectedly the next time you use it, or to not turn back on at all. A better bet is to lay the cord back and forth loosely on top of itself and then put it away for storage.
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